On 16 January 2023, representatives from the Global Gardens of Peace, and the residents, staff and management of Yooralla met together between House 1 and 2 at VASS to begin Gerard’s Food Forest Project. Terry Symonds, CEO of Yooralla, opened proceedings and welcomed everyone to the site.  Zac and myself, my mum, Eva, and Gerard’s sister and brother- in-law, Barbara and Frank were also in attendance.  A few drops of rain and bright sunshine let us know that Gerard was there with us. It was a beautiful ceremony, which included a blessing of the site by Uncle Shane Charles, and the actual turning of the soil using Gerard’s own shovel that he used in our garden in Warrandyte. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful afternoon tea created by the current VASS residents with the assistance of their teams. Below is Zac’s highlight reel of the afternoons events